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ERIC Number: EJ872142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1389-2843
Creativity and Whole School Change: An Investigation of English Headteacher Practices
Thomson, Pat; Sanders, Ethel
Journal of Educational Change, v11 n1 p63-83 Feb 2010
Schools in England have been required to adopt and adapt an ongoing series of policy initiatives: some however are offered on an "opt-in" basis. This paper examines one such "offer," that of Creative Partnerships, a programme which provides schools in designated deprived areas the opportunity to work with creative practitioners in order to change both classroom practice and whole schools. We report here on the snapshot phase of a national study, using a corpus of multi-method qualitative data from 40 schools. We suggest that headteachers saw different opportunities in the CP offer but what actually happened in the school related to three interwoven strands: the situatedness of the school, the headteacher's stance towards change, and the architecture of change management. Our analysis, which highlights the ways in which many of the schools were unable to "spread and embed" the pedagogical changes supported through CP, suggests that the majority of heads could benefit from involvement in explicit discussion about "unofficial"--and more democratic--approaches to leading and managing change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)